Welcome to farbspiel photography
Home of the HDR Cookbook – Primary Resource for HDR Photographers
My name is Klaus Herrmann. I am a photographer, author, instructor and creator of the HDR Cookbook. On this website, you get access to my work and a variety of resources covering the photographic techniques I use. These techniques include HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging, as well as panorama and vertorama photography.
I am from Germany, and my background is in science and education. I hold a PhD in computer science, and I have worked in research and teaching at different universities for 14 years, authoring over 70 scientific publications. I have also been a triathlete and a musician for many years. All of this influences my approach to photography in which I combine my creativity and artistic vision with a methodological scientific approach and quite some endurance. I love digging beneath the surface in photography and elsewhere in life, and I enjoy teaching and explaining complex stuff in a way that makes it accessible and applicable for a wider public.
The Basic Concept of farbspiel-photo.com
farbspiel-photo.com is much more than a simple website for showing my images to the public – it is a website that provides educational material. This material can help you improve your photographic skills and it can teach you entirely new techniques.
The concept is simple. The entire website is built around three core elements:
The best place to begin your journey on farbspiel-photo.com are my galleries. Like every photographer, I use these galleries to showcase my work. But the galleries also serve another important purpose: The give you easy and quick access to diverse educational resources. This includes photo pages containing detailed information about the images, the equipment used and the post-processing work. It also includes Before-and-After comparisons, Making-of videos, and access to high-res source images for you to test your skills. You can get a more detailed overview here.
On farbspiel-photo.com you can not only view images – you can actually learn how to produce similar results. My free HDR Cookbook contains many practical recipes that show you how to achieve certain results and how to solve specific problems. You can access the HDR Cookbook directly using the menu to the left. Or you can access it through the galleries and photo pages that link to specific recipes that are relevant to the image you are viewing. However, the HDR Cookbook is not the only educational resource you can access on farbspiel-photo.com. You will get an overview here.
Viewing and learning are great, but they are only half the story. If you want to give me feedback, ask questions or just follow what I am doing, you can do so in many ways. You can leave comments here on farbspiel-photo.com directly on the page you want to discuss. But you can also connect with me on all the major social networks to interact with me and get lots of additional information that also goes beyond photography. You will get an overview on how and where to connect with me here.
All the sections can be accessed quickly using the main menu above.
The whole farbspiel-photo.com site is driven by a blog. If you would like to receive timely updates of any new information I publish (photos, recipes, etc.) feel free to subscribe using the form that you find on the upper right on every page. You will get a free eBook, monthly newsletter and more. Check out the 5 reasons for subscribing.
Over months and years, many visitors have left comments expressing how they feel about this website and its contents. Some of them have become subscribers and frequent visitors. Check out what they have to say.
What Does farbspiel Stand For?
farbspiel is a brand I developed to offer the material you find here. It is also a pseudonym under which you can find me and my work at different sites all over the Internet. Go ahead and search for farbspiel on Google.
‘farbspiel’ is a German word consisting of two parts ‘farb’ (‘Farbe’ means ‘color’) and ‘spiel’ (‘Spiel’ means ‘game’ or ‘play’). So you could translate it to ‘plays with colors’. I guess that would be my indian name if I had one. Of course, in the English language ‘spiel’ also means ‘chatter’. So, you could also translate the name to ‘chats about colors’ which would also be true.
Now you probably understand how profoundly meaningful this name is.
How to Begin Your Journey with Me
There are numerous ways of discovering all the resources that farbspiel-photo.com provides to you. The best and most intuitive way is surely to start from the galleries. Browse through the photos and stop at those images that you like best. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes information on the individual photo pages, and follow the links to diverse educational resources that come with every photo.
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HDR Cookbook – Improve Today!
- ► Introduction
- ► Requirements
- ► Contents
- ► The Secrets of Hand-held HDR Shooting
- ► Manual HDR Bracketing Explained (NEW)
- ► Semi-Autobracketing for HDR (NEW)
- ► General HDR Workflow
- ► Why you need an artistic workflow
- ► 21 HDR Photography Myths Busted
- ► Creating 32-bit HDRs the Right Way
- ► Correcting Chromatic Aberration
- ► Structuring a Project
- ► Complex Selections
- ► Using Topaz Adjust to Improve Your Images
- ► Reducing Halos
- ► Fixing Uneven Luminance
- ► Noise Reduction
- ► The Three Rules of Noise Reduction
- ► Sharpening
- ► Creating Clarity in Your Images
- ► Adding a Vignette Effect
- ► Adding a Frame
- ► Restoring Exif Data
- ► HDR Panoramas
- ► Taking Interior HDR Vertorama Shots
- ► Taking HDR Vertorama Shots with a Tripod
- ► 14 Tips for Quick and Effective Travel Photography
- ► Creative Watermarking